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Bringing the past into the present!
 

Tag Archives: Northamptonshire

Useful Websites part one.

There are many resources available to research your family history; I have discovered many websites over the last 5 years that have enabled me to trace some of my family lines further than the beginning of Civil Registration. This will be an ongoing project over the coming weeks.  Here are the first four:   FreeREG  FreeREG is a free resource from the people behind FreeBMD and FreeCEN. Parish records are continuously being added to the database including baptisms, marriages and […]

More than a name

When one ventures into the murky waters of family history, one never knows what skeletons may jump out of the closet or what treasures may be uncovered. When I started my research I knew very little of my family history, I even knew little about my own grandparents.  Throughout my journey I’ve discovered more about my living relatives as well as discovering their forefathers. While I have census returns, BMD certificates and parish records, the stories of my ancestors lives […]

Surname Saturday : Bruce

This week, the name that is the focus of my Saturday post is the one that I’ve (rather ashamedly) given the most time, the most thought.  Part of my reason is down to the story of Robert the Bruce…. Braveheart!!!  What a family story that would be!  However, the realist in me says that is never going to happen.  I’m not THAT deranged.  The earliest Bruce in my tree is William Bruce.  William’s place of birth is still eluding me, […]

What is wrong with this family? Why you shouldn’t believe everything you read.

I’ve been researching my Family History for almost 5 years (wow, I’ve never had a hobby that’s been this consistent) and in that time I’ve seen some funny/strange/frustrating “facts” that are simply not true, not possible or simply just downright wrong.  The following has to be my crown (family) jewel.. William Bruce (son of James Bruce and Elizabeth Henderson) was born 23 Dec 1796 in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, and died 28 Jul 1871 in Newburn St, West Hartlepool, Durham, England. […]

What happened to Kate?

One big mystery concerning The Man’s family tree is that of his great grandmother’s “disappearance”. Catherine Eliza Pagett Bown, Kate, was born in Leicester around 1861 to Henry Pagett Bown and Ann Blakesley.  Henry and Ann had at least four other children, John William (1848 -1923), Samuel Henry (1851-1889), Thomas Pagett (1853-1916), Arthur Garrad (1855-1875) and Annie (1866). She appeared to have a normal life with her family until her marriage, aged 24, to James Davidson.  They married on 25th […]